A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
Freddie Beckwith, 73, a longtime Garfield High track coach remembered for his patience and gentleness whose teams won or shared six state titles and 18 Metro League championships, died Wednesday after a long illness.
Lynn Campbell, 101, whose Seattle Harbor Tours helped develop the city’s tourist trade and who for more than 40 years was a central figure on its waterfront, died Jan. 2 at his home in Lynwood, on Bainbridge Island.
Sally Moneda, 47, who inspired creativity in her students at Loyal Heights Elementary School in Seattle and lived in their memories long after they’d left her classroom, died in Seattle Jan. 3 of ovarian cancer.
Shelby Scates, 81, a longtime Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter and columnist and a titan of Washington state political reporting, died of dementia Jan. 3 in Seattle.
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Frederick E. Buhl, 22, who performed as hip-hop artist Freddy E and was known for his edgy YouTube program “Jerk TV,” died Jan. 5 in Renton, an apparent suicide.
Jeanne Manford, 92, who organized the group now known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG, one of the most prominent national organizations of relatives and other supporters of homosexuals, died Tuesday in Daly City, Calif.
Jeanne Vertefeuille, 80, a career CIA employee who worked her way from typist to Soviet Union and counterintelligence expert, and who led a task force that unmasked the CIA’s Aldrich Ames as one of the most notorious traitors in U.S. history, died of a brain tumor Dec. 29 in the D.C. area.
Louise Bundy, 88, who was a staunch defender of her serial-killer son, Ted Bundy, before he made a series of death-row confessions, died Dec. 23 in Tacoma after a long illness.
James Buchanan, 93, a scholar and author whose analyses of economic and political decision-making won the 1986 Nobel in economics and shaped a generation of conservative thinking, died Wednesday in Blacksburg, Va.
Claude Nobs, 76, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, died Thursday, after a fall while cross-country skiing Dec. 24 at Caux-sur-Montreux.
Fred L. Turner, 80, who as chief executive helped transform McDonald’s into a global giant and introduced the world to the Chicken McNugget, the Egg McMuffin and the Happy Meal, died of pneumonia Monday in Glenview, Ill.
Evan S. Connell Jr., 88, a literary iconoclast whose writings as a novelist (including “Mrs. Bridge” and “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge”), poet, essayist and historian won admiration, was found dead of natural causes Thursday in Santa Fe, N.M.
Keiji Nakazawa, 73, who as a child witnessed the bombing of Hiroshima and who chronicled the bomb and its aftermath as a celebrated comic-book artist and writer, died Dec. 19 of lung cancer in Hiroshima.
Tingye Li, 81, an electrical engineer whose calculations helped guide the development of the laser and propel the increase in the speed of fiber-optic communication, died of a heart attack Dec. 27 in Snowbird, Utah.
David R. Ellis, 60, the director of the movie “Snakes on a Plane,” was found dead Monday in his Johannesburg, South Africa, hotel room. Police do not suspect foul play.